The death toll from the H7N9 bird flu virus has risen to 27, state media said Thursday after a man died in central China's Hunan Province.
The deadly H7N9 bird flu strain claimed a new victim on Monday when a hospital patient died in China, state media reported, bringing the death toll from the recently identified virus to 24.
As part of efforts to prevent an outbreak of H7N9 avian flu, New Taipei City yesterday urged people not to feed birds, and warned that those who do may face fines between NT$1,200 and NT$6,000 for violating the Waste Disposal Act.
Health authorities maintained yesterday that there is no evidence to suggest that the H7N9 avian flu virus has spread between humans, despite an additional family cluster case reported in China a day earlier.
Taiwan issued a Level-2 travel advisory for five Chinese provinces and two metropolitan areas yesterday after confirming a day earlier the first H7N9 bird flu case reported locally but contracted in China.
Six laboratories around Taiwan have been recruited by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) this week to examine specimens of suspected H7N9 avian flu cases, CDC Director-General Chang Feng-yee said yesterday.
The Council of Agriculture (COA) will completely prohibit slaughtering live fowl in traditional markets all around Taiwan proper starting June 17, the Central Epidemic Command Center for H7N9 influenza announced yesterday.
Photos of 10 dead sparrows on a Chinese pavement which went viral on social media and drew a swift official response show how hard covering up a bird flu outbreak would be in the Internet age.
An H7N9 influenza vaccine could be on the market by July at the earliest if Taiwan were to receive the vaccine strain by the end of May, Adimmune Corporation Chairman Steve Chan (詹啟賢) said yesterday.
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